Every band has its own method to making and recording new music, and for rock outfit Shinedown, that method includes the separation of writing and touring.
‚??We‚??ll take a break, and then we‚??ll kind of write,‚?Ě guitarist Zach Myers told the Weekender when he checked in from his home in Memphis, Tenn., recently. ‚??But when we‚??re in touring mode, we‚??re in touring mode; when we‚??re in recording mode, we‚??re in recording mode. And they do not intertwine.
‚??A couple of things, like the ‚??Diamond Eyes‚?? thing happened on tour, just because we had to do it in a certain amount of time for the ‚??The Expendables‚?? movie, and the ‚??Alice in Wonderland‚?? song as well ‚?Ľ Those were really the only two songs we wrote on the road.‚?Ě
It‚??s almost incredible the band manages to write and release any albums, considering that ‚??on the road‚?Ě is where its members seem to spend most of their time. After the debut of the 2008 platinum-selling ‚??The Sound of Madness,‚?Ě Shinedown toured for two and half years performing almost 440 shows.
That momentum hasn‚??t seemed to slow, and the band is currently embarking on the ‚??biggest traveling one that we‚??ve ever headlined,‚?Ě the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival ‚?? which will take over Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton Tuesday, Aug. 28.
‚??We like the festival vibe just because of all of the other bands,‚?Ě Myers said. ‚??So I mean, that‚??s one thing that is always fun, just that kind of summer-camp vibe of having all the other bands together ‚?Ľ and it kind of shows other people, too, that this thing still works, the full rock thing, you know?‚?Ě
The full rock thing has certainly been working for Shinedown, which seems to have found its footing with its current lineup of Myers, Eric Bass on bass, Barry Kerch on drums and Brent Smith on vocals.
‚??I loved Brent‚??s passion for music and felt Barry was one of the most talented drummers I‚??d ever seen and wasn‚??t just some guy who sat back there and beat the shit out of the drums,‚?Ě Myers said, explaining how he started out as a touring guitarist for the band before permanently joining in 2008. ‚??And for me it was one of those things where I wanted to play with these guys, and I joined in 2005 and kind of just worked my way through all the problems and situations that were going on in the band.‚?Ě
And now, the band‚??s fourth album, ‚??Amaryllis,‚?Ě is the first Shinedown has made with Bass and Myers.
‚??We got along great,‚?Ě he said. ‚??I think we became closer as a band making this record.‚?Ě